Jan. 16, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Arriving for the 2014 spring semester freshmen Emily Fanning and Daniela Schippers look to compete right away and help No. 24 Florida State continue to grow as one of the top programs in the country.
Fanning, a native of Timaru, New Zealand, has been a highly ranked ITF Junior for several years with a career high ranking of No. 38 in July of 2012. She represented New Zealand at the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Qualifying in 2013. Fanning also won several ITF Junior grade 2 doubles titles (Amstetten, Austria and Villach, Austria) and advanced to the semifinals in a grade 1 tournament in Offenbach, Germany in 2012. She was named the New Zealand Junior Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and was a three-time South Canterbury Junior Sports Person of the Year (2007, 09-10). Fanning also represented New Zealand U-14 at the Junior Fed Cup from 2006-11.
"We're super excited for Emily and Dany," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "They are both such nice girls and have a lot of international tennis playing experience. At one point in her career, Emily was top-40 in the world, and I think that speaks highly to what she brings. Dany, as well, has played all over the globe. Both of them are very good workers. They just want to put their heads down and work and contribute and be a part of this team. We are really excited for their addition this January."
Schippers comes to Florida State from Guatemala City, Guatemala and has a lot of international Juniors experience. She won two ITF doubles finals in 2013, including the 10K Quintana Roo as she was paired up with former Seminole Francesca Segarelli. Schippers was the youngest player in Fed Cup history for Guatemala in 2010 and also played for the country in 2011 and 2012. Schippers had three other ITF Doubles titles, including the 2011 Copa Mundo Maya in 2011 and reached three other finals, and also played in three singles finals. She was the COTECC No. 1 ranked U-14 in 2008 and reached a career high ITF ranking of No. 213 in 2012.
"I'm expecting both of them to step right into the lineup," added Hyde. "I expect both of them to play for us this weekend and in weekends to come. We're in the middle of a process of getting their feet underneath them, figuring out this whole college system and what it's all about. But at the end of the day, I think when they both step on court they both feel very confident in their abilities to compete at a high level."
The spring season starts this weekend for the 2014 Florida State women's tennis team with a pair of dual matches on January 19 against Stetson (9:30 a.m.) and UAB (3:30 p.m.). Both matches will be played at the Indoor Facility on Pottsdamer Rd.